RFU Release Billy Vunipola Statement Following Controversial Folau Post

Warning.

England international Billy Vunipola has been issued with a formal warning by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) following his controversial Instagram post in support of Israel Folau.

The Australian fullback has had his contract terminated as a result of his homophobic outburst, while Vunipola has been the subject of a backlash as a result of his comments.

The RFU say the warning issued will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may work against him at future disciplinary proceedings.

“Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens forward has been issued with a formal warning under RFU rule 5.12 for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game.
 
The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings.

During the meeting the player expressed genuine regret at his public comments and understood that he had caused hurt and offence as a result of his actions.

He has been reminded of his responsibilities as an England player and as an ambassador for the game, which values inclusivity and respect.”

Saracens also issued Vunipola with a warning, while the number eight explained himself in a statement you can read here.